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Israel's Best Defense

Israel's Best Defense

The usual array of pro-Israel activities just doesn't seem to cut it anymore. Here's something that everyone can do to directly affect the situation.


(August 29) - The news, it seems, gives us no rest. Every hour brings with it another attack, another victim, more tears and more bloodshed. We reach for the tuner on the radio, like alcoholics grasping a bottle, punch-drunk from its effects yet unable to free ourselves from its stubborn hold.

With each passing day, the danger facing Israel seems to mount, as does our frustration. We all want to help, we all want to do something at this critical hour that will make a difference for our people. And yet, we seem at a loss as to just what we can and should be doing.

The usual array of pro-Israel activities - contacting one's elected representatives, combating media bias or even writing a check - just doesn't seem to cut it anymore. People are dying in the streets, being shot on their way to work or blown up at the local pizza parlor. There must be something more, something that each and every one of us can do to directly affect the situation, no matter who or where we might be.

The key to Israel's victory may very well lie in the words of your heart.

And, in fact, there most assuredly is. However you might define yourself - be it Jew or Christian, agnostic or simply confused - the key to Israel's victory may very well lie in the palm of your hands or, more precisely, in the words of your heart. Israel's best defense is the power of prayer, and it is time we unleash this weapon with all the fury and determination that we can muster.

To modern ears, it might sound archaic, even simplistic. But modern solutions have failed us miserably in recent years, with diplomacy and statesmanship bringing us all to the edge of the abyss. For all of our advanced technology and finely-honed military prowess, Israel seems at a loss as to how to extricate itself from the current impasse. Perhaps it is time to put aside our cynicism and our doubts, and to do what people in trouble have always done in their hour of need - turn to their Father in Heaven and plead for help.

The Palestinians are now openly declaring that we are all potential targets. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, whose leader was eliminated by Israel earlier this week, has warned that "The flames shall reach every Zionist everywhere." This means that all of us who support Israel are now effectively soldiers in the battle to save the Jewish state. And just as there are no atheists in a foxhole, there should be no lips that remain silent in the current battle.

Israel should launch an international campaign, Operation Shield of David, which would bring together Jews, Christians, and others to pray on the country's behalf. The Book of Psalms, written by King David, has always been one of the most potent weapons in Israel's spiritual arsenal. It is time to dust off this powerful tool, and to let its words of comfort and succor resonate across the globe.

If tens of thousands of voices are raised worldwide simultaneously, the echo will resound, not only through the corridors of power in Washington, but in the Heavens too.

Synagogues, churches and other places of worship should regularly recite specified psalms on Israel's behalf, culminating in an international day of prayer at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. If tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands, of voices are raised worldwide simultaneously, the echo will resound, not only through the corridors of power in Washington, Moscow, and elsewhere, but more importantly, in the Heavens too.

Unlike other forms of activism, prayer is something that each and every one of us can do. It costs no money, does not require a great deal of time, and allows every individual to express himself in a unique and highly personal manner. And prayer has the power to unite us, if only for an instant, in an uplifting and meaningful experience that transcends our limitations as individuals and bonds us together as petitioners on Israel's behalf.

Critics will no doubt mock the idea, asserting perhaps that it is a sign of weakness or even desperation. But when a people finds itself with its back against the wall (or, in this case, the Mediterranean Sea), no answer should be so hastily dismissed.

The fact is that for the past decade, we have given politics a chance, and it has failed us. Now is the time to give God a chance, for unlike politicians, He can always be relied upon to keep His word.

With thanks to the Jerusalem Post,

September 8, 2001

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Visitor Comments: 5

(5) david weinberg, September 13, 2001 12:00 AM

Be-ezrat Hashem

A very insghtful article. At this time of year (Rosh Ha Shannah), it is the obligationof each person to strive to improve themself, the first stepin doing so is wiith prayer.

It is based on my limited understanding of all matters Jewish (as well as tohose in the secular world), that G-d helps those who help themselves. Thus, once prayer is concluded, it is time for action. We are told that if you make the vessel, G-d will fill it.

Based on the above, it is important for all Jews, especially at this time of year, to pray that 'veahavta le re-echa camocha' (and you shll love your friend - ie:fellow Jew - like yourself). Upon concluding to do so once one arises in the morning, s/he should place their entire resolve into effecting this Mitzvah throughout the day.

Best wishes to all Jews in Israel and the dispora for a happy, healthy and successful new year in all matters both spiritual and material

Chazak ve-ematz

(4) Clement Halfon, September 13, 2001 12:00 AM

'Give God a Chance'


'Give God a Chance'

Perhaps this is the motto which could turn a spiritual leader into a latter-day 'Piper of Hamelin' to bring about the ingathering of the exiles and, with it, redemption for Mankind.

It may also be that only when the Jewish People will universally adopt their God-given mission of acting as His Kingdom of Priests and a Light to the Nations, will Mankind emerge from its congenital darkness to 'give God a chance'.

To make it possible for us to grasp the Truth, He turns His face away and suddenly the power of Israel's and America's might and armour are pierced like a tin-can by a handful of deranged individuals.

How much longer will we be blind to the Truth that explodes in our faces.......

(3) Shira Levin, September 10, 2001 12:00 AM

The best weapon for defending Israel

I whole heartily agree with Mr. Freund. I pray evey morning for Israel sometimes weeping as I do so. G-d is our sure defense. He has given our people promises in His Word. He has also
assured us that "He is not a man who should lie." G-d keeps His Word.

(2) Gershon Lesser, md, September 9, 2001 12:00 AM

How can turning to God be anything but a good idea?

I agree that we are commanded to bring our great troubles to the attention of our heavenly Father and to pray. To find non Jews with whom we can pray jointly is to build moral and community power. We must reach out now before we are overwhelmed by the same promotional work accomplished by the mein kampf groups. Prayer is never wrong. And peace for all people is always correct. We ask for nothing more..a peaceful life for all people. And please list the particular psalms of focus.
Thank you.

(1) Matt Wantman, September 9, 2001 12:00 AM

I agree whole-heartidly

I agree completely. While I may not be able to do anything physically for Israel, I can still help them through prayers. If we could just get a fraction of the Jews in America to do so, it could have incredible results.

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